INTERVIEW

MC and UML couldn’t come together on Lenin’s birth anniversary but May 5, Marx’s 200th birth anniversary, is coming up

April 22, the birth anniversary of Vladimir Lenin and the founding day of the Nepal Communist Party, has passed. This was the proposed date of unification of CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Centre). But leaders from both parties suggest that even though unification did not occur on the said date, the parties will eventually come together.

Apr 23 2018

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Lack of a cost conscious culture has allowed those in govt to believe they can spend the state’s money as they like

The Auditor General’s annual report presented to President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Thursday has only reinforced what preliminary audits of financial transactions indicated—most federal units are far from compliant to standard accounting practices. And these discrepancies in book keeping, it seems, are not confined to the local levels, pointing to a serious lack of financial accountabiilty country-wide. Mukul Humagain and Prithvi Man Shrestha talked to Auditor General Tankamani Sharma about the reasons behind this recurring financial indiscipline.

Apr 16 2018

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The new government has a large mandate to work effectively

What is the conflict between your ministry and Investment Board Nepal (IBN) over decisions on hydropower projects?

Apr 09 2018

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India understands PM Oli has a strong mandate and he’ll negotiate from a position of strength

On April 6, Prime Minister KP Oli will make India his first foreign destination as Prime Minister of Nepal in his current tenure. New Delhi has been making overtures to restore Nepal-India ties that had hit a low when Oli was last prime minister.

Apr 02 2018

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Are administrators ready to take on the same amount of accountability that I take as captain?

The achievement is remarkable considering that Nepal only just made it to the Qualifiers by virtue of making it to the final of the ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division 2 in Namibia where they lost to fellow qualifier United Arab Emirates in the final.

Mar 26 2018

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Nepal’s economic growth will form the crux of our engagement with foreign governments

What is the primary foreign policy emphasis of the government of the left alliance headed by KP Oli?

Mar 19 2018

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Anti-India rhetoric probably helped UML during elections but it cannot be used in long-term politics

What is your initial assessment of the recently formed government, which has a near two-thirds majority?

Mar 12 2018

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If govt institutions are broken and press silenced, we are going down a dark path

With the formation of a federal state and a left alliance-led government in power possibly for the next five years, what is in store for the democratic process in Nepal?

Mar 05 2018

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If govt with strong mandate fails, dangerous alternative forces may arise

How strong do you think the unified party formed merging CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Centre) will be, especially considering that Nepal’s history is peppered with incidents of parties breaking apart?

Feb 26 2018

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Police in Kathmandu and Itahari tried to obstruct access to justice

A staggering number of rape cases have been registered with the police in Kathmandu, Chitwan, Jhapa, Sunsari and Khotang. On average, 78 rape charges are registered with the police every month.

Feb 12 2018

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Left alliance govt will neither be pro-China, pro-India; it will be pro-Nepal

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s visit to Kathmandu last week comes at a time when the left alliance of the CPN-UML and the CPN (Maoist Centre) is set to form a new government.

Feb 05 2018

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